My first two cruises were on the Sea and the SS Norway. Both ships were of the older variety but I can compare service on Norwegian vs. Carnival. All cruise lines do things a little bit different but I think one of the biggest differences was the midnight buffet. Norwegian has an incredible chocolate buffet! There isn't much more of a difference to me. The food, the service, the shows, it was all comparable. Now the first cruise we took was out of Texas and the second was out of Florida and the people on Texas crusies, I think, are a lot more friendly and seem to be there to have a good time.
I've done 7 cruises on Carnival and 6 on NCL. The biggest differance is the "freestyle" concept on NCL. Unlike all other cruise lines (except Princess) you do not have an assigned dining time or table, you eat when, where and with whom you choose. There are pros and cons to this style. I think the food is a tad better on NCL but not enough to make me choose one over the other. There seem to be more children on Crnival as they cater to families, so take that into account. I have gotten better upgrades as a past cruises on NCL than Carnival. NCL has great duvets on the bed but Carnival has those great bathrobes - and that's about what it comes down to. I think you should choose the itinerary, port of embarkation and pricing to decide. If you go with the right attitude almost no cruise can be bad.
I agree with Magnolia. I'm not sure if Norwegian still does this but when we went, you could choose where you wanted to eat or you could choose the traditional eating arrangements. I am younger and when we went on NCL three and four years ago, I always found people my age to talk to. RCCL was the worst for finding young people. After our first cruise, we had wanted to go on another cruise line but NCL offered us such a good deal, we couldn't pass it up. We're getting ready to go on our second cruise with Carnival (Ecstasy Aug 8) so we will see how the second time compares to the second time on an NCL.
my family and i went on our first cruise abord the Norweigian Spirt. it was so beautiful and we would cruise it again. my older sister and her boyfriend went on the conquest which is a Carniaval cruise and she said there was so much to do and it was alot of fun. Defentialy if you have childeren. now the Norwegian there was kids on there but not alot . and there were things to do for them . but i think we would have more fun on a carnival.
We always try to cruise when the kiddies are in school..... Plus you get great fares...
We booked the Conquest for Oct. 30th for $414.00 per person & that includes the $35.92 gov. tax per person..... Only thing extra will be tips tours...